Old Tow Strap – A Little Different

I’m looking for an old strap I bought about 30 years ago. I actually bought three of them.

I know. I know. You want to tell what you use. You can if you want. I may even have some of what you use, but for the purpose of this post I just don’t care.

I still have one left in good condition. I broke one pulling out trees, and one got partially soak with paint by an employee behind the seat of one of my service trucks.

It looks and feels like braided nylon rope, except it’s not a round rope. Its two flat pieces of thick strap about an inch (or a smidge more) wide that are braided together every 1-1/2 to 2 inches. They are neat because you NEVER have to tie a knot in them, and they do not come with a big thick loop on the end that can be hard to get through tight places.

You can snake it through a tight space easily, and then complete the loop by lacing it through itself 6-7 times. It sounds odd, but it does not slip out. If you need a longer pull you can lace two of them together end to end by lacing one through the other. No matter how hard you pull the connection comes apart easily when you let the tension off. Before any of you all say I am full of it. Remember. I have had them for 30 years, and I’ve used them this way many times.

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I loaned one to somebody once (JUST ONCE), said “DO NOT TIE A KNOT IN IT,” and showed them the correct way to make a loop. They brought it back with a loop tied in one end. The next time they needed to borrow a tow strap I told them I didn’t have one they were able to use.

They were not super cheap back in the day, but they can’t have been crazy expensive either. I wasn’t making much money back then, and I still remember buying three of them. One for each service truck I had at the time. I don’t recall exactly what the rated load was, but I remember being surprised by how heavy it was.

Anyway, do any of you know if they still make these and where to buy them?  Contact Me

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